Not sure what else I could add, the title says it all. When iTunes match was first announced, I remember someone saying “It just works”. With no disrespect intended, that is a load of bull! iTunes Match does anything but “just work”. While the idea is great, there is still some work to be done.
I will start with a minor annoyance. While much of my music was matched with no problem, I find it quite irritating that sporadically there maybe a song or two on an album not matched, which must be uploaded. I’m pretty sure that if 80% of the Album is matched, the rest of it is there as well. Just for some reason, not matched.
One of the things I find very annoying is that you can no longer sync your music to your phone. Why in the world would they remove this feature? To remove music from your I/Os device, you must do it manually right on the phone. For the iPhone or iTouch, that means you are limited to removing music by song, album or artist. On my iPad, it’s even worse, I only seem to be able to remove music by song. My lord, there has to be an easier way. Was it really that hard to make it so we can continue to sync music to our devices like we always have?
So you think it is as easy as just disabling Match to be able to sync like the good old days? Um, sorry! After attempting to do so, for some reason certain Albums just refused to be added to my phone. I tried syncing, downloading from the cloud, downloading from purchased in iTunes and none of them would work. If I looked at the directory of music on my phone in iTunes, the albums were listed as being on my phone, but for some reason they were greyed out and listed three or four times. Unfortunately, this lead me to having to set up my phone again entirely from scratch.
After setting it up as new I was able to sync like I was able to prior to match. To this point, I have not enabled Match again on my phone, nor do I have any plans in doing so. The idea of having all that Christmas music stuck on my phone with no simple way to remove it was not appealing to me. I have re-enabled it on my computer as I do like the idea of having a backup of my msuic, without me actually having to do it. Unless they make some fixes, this will be my permanent solution. Whether I renew or not next year when it is time to fork up another $25.00 is still to be determined.
Unfortunately, my list of annoyances doesn’t end here with iTunes Match. As I remember the other bugs and kinks that need to be worked out, I will come back and add them. I have also been working on a list of features that iTunes seems to be lacking even though we are on the 10th version.